Another post in The Guardian has revealed that Spotify has made a significant increase in its paid subscribers over the last 12 months – despite the fact that 20 million paid subscribers is a drop in the ocean compared to iTunes’ 800 million! However, it is not this that I am interested in – it is the following claim
According to Spotify, with 20 million subscribers, a “niche/indie artist” could expect to generate $1.2m a year in Spotify payouts, while a “heritage artist” would generate $2.6m. It also claimed that an artist in the company’s top 100 chart could get $3.3m, while a “global superstar” could generate $13.9m’.
These figures seem grossly exaggerated to me – I am sure the indi musician in particular will have something to say about it.
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